Herron School of Art and Design Interim Dean shares a message in response to the killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that followed.
Dear Herron Community,
Eleven days ago, at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve, we witnessed the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, on the heels of the senseless killings of Dreasjon Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others. This violence is an embodiment of institutional and systemic racism that perpetuates violence and injustice against black, indigenous, and people of color across the nation and within our local communities.
As the country grieves, protests, and demands that real and lasting change be made, I believe it is equally important to look to each other, ask the uncomfortable questions, and ensure that we address collectively the need for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion within our own institution. Herron will prioritize these conversations as we advance and strengthen our commitment to social justice and institutional change.
Herron School of Art and Design actively denounces racism, racial injustice, and violent manifestations of hatred based on skin color. We stand with those protesting police brutality. We grieve for the black lives that have been lost or victimized in our country's long history. As a school, we are dedicated to fostering an environment in which the rights, dignity, and lives of all members of our community are valued and respected. Black lives matter, and we reject ideas and actions that promote white supremacy and a militarized police force.
I encourage you, as you respond to these acts and engage with others, to be kind, and above all, to be safe. This community needs you. This movement needs you — and needs all of us.
We stand united with our black students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Herron sees you. We're listening to you. You matter greatly to us all.